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Please note as of 2015 Sam Sykes is taking an 'inactive' membership of the Rolf Institute, and is therefore not licensed to give Rolfing sessions. This is due to him relocating to Wales and currently pursuing full time education in another field. Please feel free to continue browsing for more information, however Rolfing sessions are no longer available at this stage.
What is Rolfing?
Rolfing is a unique approach to improving posture, movement and physical awareness, using a range of deep-tissue manipulation techniques and movement re-education. The hallmark of Rolfing is a series of ten sessions which systematically work to establish balance throughout the whole body. In the sessions we will be working to open the breath, establish support from the ground up, balance and align the body from the surface to the core, and teaching you to develop a deeper sense of physical awareness and functionality.
Posture: By releasing tension, increasing range of motion and balancing the body it becomes easier to maintain an upright posture without strain or discomfort. This can extend to sitting, standing and working posture.
Movement: By re-training the body we can learn to move in a more efficient and enjoyable way. This can help us to become more active, and more wise within our activity.
Awareness: A deeper sense of physical awareness and appreciation for the body allows us to take control of muscle tension and reduce stress. Learning to relax can help us to have more energy, and a comfortable sense of well-being.
Who is Rolfing for?
Rolfing can be useful for anyone who wants to develop a more optimal way of using the body. It can be useful for:
- Improving posture at work or home to reduce tension and associated stress
- Rebalancing the body for better use after injury or illness
- Becoming more efficient and effective in movement for sports people, dancers, Yoga practitioners and such like
- Learning to move with comfort and enjoyment for those who may have 'forgotten' what good movement feels like
Rolfing is intended to work with the basic functionality of the body in movement and posture. It is not intended as a substitute for correct medical diagnosis and treatment.
What does it feel like?
The techniques used can feel like a firm, slow and precise massage without oil. Rolfing is deep tissue work, and as such the work can be strong and occasionally intense, but not painful. It is likely that you will begin to feel deeper structures and movements of the body that you were previously unaware of. The treatment as a whole is usually regarded as enjoyable.
How many sessions do I need?
Ida Rolf (the creator of Rolfing) designed a protocol of ten working sessions which is known as 'the recipe'. This series of sessions work systematically throughout all the musculoskeletal regions of the body. In each session there are specific plans or goals of outcome, with each session building on the foundations of the last.
It will depend upon your goals and current condition as to whether or not you wish to travel through all ten. It may be possible to get the changes you are looking for in a shorter space of time, and there is no obligation to continue at any stage of the process. To get a feel for Rolfing and an idea of whether or not it will work for you we offer trial sessions.
Please use the menu to discover more information and to see the frequently asked questions, or to make a booking or request a phone consultation please use the contact page.